Saturday, November 26, 2022

Genocide in Ukraine: Never Again!

🇺🇦Pray for the people of Ukraine.🇺🇦 

The last Saturday in November is Holodomor Remembrance Day—marking the beginning of the Winter of 1932-33, the height of Stalin’s brutal program to eliminate the Ukrainian people by man-made famine.

Today, 90 years later, Stalin’s successors are ruthlessly bombing Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure (electricity, water, heat, transportation, hospitals, schools, etc.) as Winter begins once again. Unable to conquer Ukraine, they seem bent on destroying it, and bringing affliction especially to those most vulnerable (children and elderly people, families, the poor, the sick). 

God have mercy on the martyred people of Ukraine!🇺🇦😥

I have “Google-translated” this ardent letter from Pope Francis to the people of Ukraine, dated November 24, which appeared in Ukrainian on the website of the Ukrainian Greek (Byzantine) Catholic Church in Kyiv. It also appears on the Vatican website, but not (yet) in English. The translation is not authoritative (obviously) but it expresses the Pope’s profound solidarity with the Ukrainian people, insofar as the nature of his office permits him to state it publicly. It is a model for all of us, for our prayers, our attention, our hearts: